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Statue of St Patrick at the Hill of Tara. Co, Meath. by Finbarr Reilly

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A statue of Saint Patrick was erected on the Hill of Tara approximately 100 years ago to signify his connection with that site and the arrival of Christianity here. Around 1992 the original statue, which had been formed of cement or concrete, was removed for repair when the Office of Public Works discovered it was not really replaceable, as someone had aimed a few pot-shots at it with a firearm. After it was removed, the Office of Public Works refused to replace it on the Hill of Tara.
When St Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, was roaming the country he made his way to County Meath where he lit a paschal fire on the Hill of Slane on the Easter eve. Pagan belief at the time was that at all fires should be extinguished before a new one was to be lit on the Hill of Tara. So when the paschal fire on the Hill of Slane was spotted King Laoghaire was warned by the druids that he must put the flame or he will burn. King Laoghaire called on St Patrick to the Hill of Tara in which he made his way along with his followers singing the hymn of The Lorica, now known as St Patrick’s Breat plate. Today a large statue of St Patrick stands outside the church yard on the Hill of Tara.

Tara is today under serious threat from Irish politicians who have given the green light for the construction of a new motorway. Over 300 academics signed a joint letter stating the royal estate of Tara is not just a central part of Irish heritage, but is of significant importance on a world heritage scale. Construction on this ancient piece of land has already begun; construction workers started their demolition in the middle of the night.

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  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 5 years ago

    brilliant work fino

  • Rainy
    Rainyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    A very well composed image:))

  • Rowan  Lewgalon
    Rowan Lewgalonabout 5 years ago

    He will be the next saint I’ll be drawing.
    At the moment I’m busy with Oswin :)

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    great shot

  • RajeevKashyap
    RajeevKashyapabout 5 years ago

    Awesome Capture!

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic Fino, nothing is sacred any more, only the mighty Euro …

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 5 years ago

    Lovely work, Fino. My opinion of politicians is not improved!

  • Eugenio
    Eugenioabout 5 years ago

    :)) Beautiful capture Fino !!!

    IRISHPIXover 4 years ago

    Really nice work!

  • cheers

    – Finbarr Reilly

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